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Boca names new Municipal Services Director

Boca Raton’s Assistant City Engineer has been promoted to Municipal Services Director.

Zachary Bihr, P.E., will now be responsible for Traffic and Transportation Management, Coastal Management, Capital Projects, Engineering, City Building Facilities, Fleet, Sanitation, Streets and Sidewalks, and Stormwater Management.

As the City’s Assistant Engineer, he supported the development and execution of the Capital Improvements Program, managed the stormwater infrastructure, and the day-to-day operations of Streets and Stormwater Maintenance Division.

Bihr graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri and later attended The University of Tampa where he earned his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A). He and his wife eventually moved to Boca Raton in 2013 where he worked in the private sector as a Project Engineer, before accepting a Project Engineer position with the City of Boca Raton. Zachary was eventually promoted as the City’s Assistant City Engineer.

FAU presents Ana Navarro with ‘Are You Being Heard: Political Participation and the First Amendment’

Florida Atlantic University will host Republican strategist and political commentator Ana Navarro with “Are You Being Heard: Political Participation and the First Amendment.”

The lecture and a panel discussion will take place on Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Osher Lifelong Learning Auditorium, 777 Glades Road.

Navarro is a Nicaraguan-born American Republican strategist and political commentator for various news outlets and shows, including CNN, CNN en Español, ABC News, Telemundo, and “The View.”

She is a two-time alumna of the University of Miami, earning a B.A. in Latin American studies and political science in 1993 and a Juris Doctorate in 1997. Navarro served as the national Hispanic co-chair for Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign and the national co-chair of John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council in 2008, where she also was the national surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign. She also served on Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s transition team in 1998 and was his first director of immigration policy in the Executive Office of the Governor.

Navarro’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with political strategist Patrick Rosenstiel, FAU political science professor Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., and FAU communications instructor Ilene Prusher. Rosenstiel is a lifelong Republican who helped re-align Congress in the 1990s, spear-headed the California school voucher initiative in 2000 and worked with Progress for America to enact U.S. President George W. Bush’s domestic policy agenda. Rosenstiel consulted confirmation efforts for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. Rosenstiel voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and intends to support the President again in 2020. He is a full-throated proponent of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and is senior advisor to nationalpopularvote.com.

The lecture and panel discussion are part of FAU’s Constitution Day Celebration and  sponsored by FAU’s Department of Political Science; FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies; FAU’s Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; the FAU Diversity Platform and the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County.

Tickets are $35. FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni are free with ID at www.fauevents.com or by calling 561-297-6124.